{Story Diary} The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

Jul 13, 2018

the foxhole court nora sakavicThe Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
Contemporary, Older YA/College Sports
January 15, 2013 from Smashwords Edition

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He's short, he's fast, he's got a ton of potential—and he's the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn't need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil's not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil's new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can't walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.



the foxhole court exy

Exy is a huge thing in this trilogy, as it is the center and connection in all of the characters lives, so I'll give you the lowdown on the sport.

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Exy is a sport played on a soccer-sized court that has walls and ceilings made of Plexiglas. It is "an evolved sort of lacrosse with the violence of ice hockey." A team consists of six players, each of which has a racquet with varyind depths of netting. To score, the players must shoot the ball at the goal, a rectangle marked on the shorter wall. The goal will light up in red if it has been hit. The objective of the game is to out-score one's opponents.

Six players per team are allowed on the court at a time. Generally speaking, this allows for two strikers, a dealer, two backliners, and the goalkeeper. The goalkeepers is an optional position, however, a manager may sacrifice the goal for an extra player under certain circumstances. The minimum size for an NCAA team is nine players. In theory, this allows for six on-court players and a sub for each position save goalkeeper.

[Read the authors full explanation of Exy on her website here!]


There are four positions:

  • Striker: The striker is offense and plays to score. They start the game on the half-court line. Strikers on the serving team start on the inside; strikers for the defending team are on the outside.

  • Offensive Dealer: The dealer serves and is the thereafter the middleman; dealers have the option to specialize as offense or defense and can play as an extra striker or backliner depending on how the game is going. Dealers start on the first/far-court lines.

  • Backliner: The backliner is defense and protects the goal. Backliners start on the first/far-court lines.

  • Goalkeeper: The goalkeeper guards the goal.

The equipment's needed are:

  • Racquet

  • Ball

  • Helmet

  • Armor


AKA my fox children: the Exy team of Palmetto State University.

In their first year, Palmetto State refused to sign any female players Coach Wymack asked for. After their disastrous first season, he was allowed to sign the three women and made Danielle captain - the first female team captain in NCAA Class I Exy. GO LADIES!!!

  • Coach Wymack

  • Neil Josten

  • Andrew Minyard

  • Kevin Day

  • Danielle Wilds

  • Renee Walker

  • Aaron Minyard

  • Allison Reynolds

  • Matt Boyd

  • Nicky Hemmick

  • Seth Gordon


"It sounded like a dream; it tasted like damnation."

--Nora Sakavic, The Foxhole Court


"Hope was a dangerous, disquieting thing, but he thought perhaps he liked it."

--Nora Sakavic, The Foxhole Court


"Neil couldn't remember what it felt like to have someone hold him up. It was terrifying and liberating all at once. His life was out of his control now; he was giving it to Andrew and hoping Andrew would keep it safe."

--Nora Sakavic, The Foxhole Court


"It’s not the world that’s cruel. It’s the people in it."

--Nora Sakavic, The Foxhole Court


Sagittarius & barista. Army brat & Japanophile. Sex-repulsed aro-ace. Love-hate relationship with writing; love-love relationship with alcohol. You gotta work for your happy ending around here.

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